Richard Stim


Attorney Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He is the author of many books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog.

Articles By Richard Stim

Fair Use: What Is Transformative?
Transformative uses of a copyrighted work are generally considered to be "fair use" rather than infringement.
Can I Appeal a Final Office Action From the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?
A “final” office action does not mean that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision is final. Rather, it means that the examiner is cutting off the applicant’s right to change the claims in the application.
Patent Searching Online
You have a great idea and want to make money from it. Getting a patent can help you do that. The first step in getting a patent for your invention (or determining if you even qualify for one) is finding out if someone else already has a patent for your idea. If your invention is already patented, then you are out of luck. The quickest and easiest way to find out is to do an online patent search.
Filing a Federal Trademark Application FAQ
Applying for a federal trademark has many complications. What are some of the basics of the process?
How a Guild, Union, or Other Organization Can Trademark Its Name
Trademark owners have exclusive use of a name or logo in commerce.
Can You Protect A Recipe Under U.S. Law?
Food recipes require creativity. But you might be surprised at how little protection they receive under American intellectual property law.
How to Name a Business
There's a lot of room for personal and professional creativity when choosing a business name, but there are three main considerations to keep in mind: Will your business name receive trademark protection?Is your proposed business name available?If your business will have a website, is a similar domain name available?
Sample Amendment to Contract
This Sample Amendment to Contract can help you incorporate any changes to an existing agreement, quickly and painlessly.
Contract Disclaimers and As Is Provisions
Contract disclaimers let parties to a contract rid themselves of certain responsibilities, while "as is" contract provisions typically put buyers on notice that they're stuck with any problems associated with the product or property they're purchasing. This article discusses the basics of disclaimers
Patent Terms and Definitions
abstract a concise, one-paragraph summary of the patent. It details the structure, nature, and purpose of the invention.